Video transcript: Incolink's David Clark at the launch of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 2017

Q: Are young apprentices particularly at risk of gambling harm?

I think there's a culture of gambling wherever you go. I think we're in we're in an age now where it is just so prominent and so entrenched in society that it wouldn't matter what industry you went to, there's going to be an element of it in there.

Q: What strategies can young apprentices use to avoid gambling harm?

Leaving their cards at home. Only taking cash. Turning their phone off. When I ask them ‘why do you do that?’ they say ‘yeah it's so easy to transfer money’ - but now if the phone's off they have to wait for the phone to warm up and it gives them time to think about what they're doing.

There are a number of apprentices that are using strategies already and it's always good for the other apprentices in the room, who may not have strategies, to hear of these strategies from their peers rather than from me.

Q: What do you find most rewarding about your job?

Through the session you can see their attitudes change and they actually start to get involved in the conversation, and quite frequently they're the people that stay behind after with extra questions.

I know that I don't only speak for myself but for my team. If we didn't feel that we were making a difference we wouldn't be doing it. We've all been apprentices ourselves, my team, you know they're really up against it and any way that we can assist them in achieving their goals of becoming trades people, we get a bit of a buzz out of that.

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